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Date:  March 30, 2019
Host:  Kim Vaughan
Feature:  1962

Birthday Calendar

Mar 24   – Carol Kaye (born Carol Smith, session bass guitarist) – age 84

Mar 25   – Sir Elton John (born Reginald Dwight) – age 72
            – Hoyt Axton (songwriter) – born in 1938
            – Aretha Franklin – born in 1942, passed away 8-16-18

Mar 26   – Diana Ross (Supremes) – age 75
            – Rufus Thomas – born in 1917

Mar 27   – Sarah Vaughan – born in 1924
            – Walter “Wally” Stocker (Babys, guitar) – age 66

Mar 28   – Jay Livingston (songwriter) – born in 1915

Mar 29   – John “Speedy” Keen (Thunderclap Newman) – born in 1945

Mar 30   – Eric Clapton (Cream) – age 74
            – John “Jay” Traynor (Jay and the Americans) – born in 1943

 Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia

What artist from this week’s Billboard Hot 100 had previously been known as the “Wonder Boy Preacher”, for preaching in his own church starting before age 10? 

Hint: his church was known as “Solomon’s Temple”. 

(scroll down to find the answer below the playlist)


·       yellow song titles are YouTube links
·       songs with * were requests
·       all chart information comes from the Billboard Top 100 (for chart dates before/during July 1958) or Billboard Hot 100 (for chart dates during/after Aug 1958) unless otherwise noted
·       a glossary of terms is below the playlist


OPENING THEME:  Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll – Cat Mother & the All-Night Newsboys (1969, #29, produced by Jimi Hendrix)

Hey! Baby – Bruce Channel (#2 this week in 1962, after spending the previous three weeks at #1)

Dream Baby – Roy Orbison (#4 this week)

Soldier Boy – The Shirelles (already up to #34 this week, only its second week on the chart.  It would end up spending three weeks at #1.)

 * Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley (1969, #1)

 * I Wanna Learn A Love Song – Henry Chapin (1975, #44.  This one went out from JSF to Brooktondale Peggy.)

 * Share The Land – Guess Who (1970, #10)

 * Downtown – Petula Clark (1964, spent two weeks at #1 in early 1965.  This was her first Hot 100 hit.  A caller dedicated this song in memory of Normie.)

 * How Can I Be Sure The Young Rascals (1967, #4.  This was their next-to-last charting single with the word “Young” in their name; by early 1968, they were “The Rascals”.) 

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Uptown – The Crystals (debuted this week in 1962 at #80)

 * Boris The Spider – The Who (1966, from their album A Quick One.  This song was dedicated by the caller “to Barbara and her pet spider”.)

Soul Twist – King Curtis and the Noble Knights (#41 this week)

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* Eve Of Destruction – Barry McGuire (1965, #1)

* Birds – Neil Young (1970, b-side of Only Love Can Break Your Heart)

Twistin’ The Night Away – Sam Cooke (#10 this week)


These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ – Nancy Sinatra (1966, #1, with bass-player Carol Kaye and other members of the “Wrecking Crew” providing the instrumentation)

Border Song – Elton John (1970, #92, his first song to chart on the Hot 100)

No No Song – Ringo Starr (1975, #3, co-written by Hoyt Axton, with Nilsson as backing vocals.  Hoyt Axton also wrote the Three Dog Night song Joy To The World and the Kingston Trio song Greenback Dollar, among others.)

Share Your Love With Me – Aretha Franklin (1969, #13 on the Hot 100, and five weeks at #1 on the R&B chart)

Standing At The Crossroads Of Love – The Supremes (1963, b-side of When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes)

Walking The Dog – Rufus Thomas (1963, #10, written by Thomas.  He had 4 consecutive songs on the Hot 100 with “dog” in the title:  The Dog, Walking The Dog, Can Your Monkey Do The Dog, and Somebody Stole My Dog.  Later, he had a couple of hits with other animals in the title:  Do The Funky Chicken and Do The Funky Penguin.)

Ooh!  What a Day!  -- Sarah Vaughan (1960, bubbled under at #111)

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Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) – Doris Day (1956, #2 for three weeks, co-written by Jay Livingston)

Mona Lisa – Nat King Cole (1950, spent eight weeks at #1 on the Singles chart and four weeks at #1 on the R&B chart.  Co-written by Jay Livingston for a film called Captain Carey, U.S.A., this composition won an Academy Award for best original song, and was reputedly one of Nat King Cole’s favorites.)

Something In The Air – Thunderclap Newman (1969, #37, written by Speedy Keen.)

Strange Brew – Cream (1967, #17 in the UK although it didn’t chart in the States.  The song was co-written by Eric Clapton, who sang lead on it in addition to playing guitar.)

Dawning – Jay and the Americans (1962, the b-side of She Cried, which was the only charting single with the original lead singer of Jay Traynor.  David Blatt would replace Traynor and perform under the name Jay Black for the remaining 17 Hot 100 hits by Jay and the Americans.)

 * San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair) – Scott McKenzie (1967, #4)


Cry To Me – Solomon Burke (#54 this week in 1962)

 * Fire – The Jimi Hendrix Experience (recorded in 1967; released in the US in 1971)

 * The Ballad Of Thunder Road – Robert Mitchum (#79 this week.  The song was co-written by Mitchum, who starred in the 1958 film Thunder Road.  Mitchum’s recording of the song – which was not the recording used in the film – charted both in 1958 and again in 1962.)

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Shout! – The Isley Brothers (Another song that was on the charts for the second time.  The Isley Brothers made it up to #47 with this song in 1959, and only to #94 in April 1962.  On this week’s chart, the last week of March 1962, it was still bubbling under at #104.)

Lover, Please – Clyde McPhatter (#20 this week)

I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song) – The Ikettes (#45 this week)

 * So This Is Love – The Castells (bubbling under at #120 this week; it would eventually reach #21)

Cotton Fields – The Highwaymen (#55 this week)

 * Good Luck Charm – Elvis Presley (already at #9 this week, only its third week on the chart.  It would soon reach the top and spend two weeks at #1.)

 * Love Is Strange – Mickey & Sylvia (1957, #11) 

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Love On A Mountain Top – Robert Knight (1968, did not chart nationally in the US, charted in the UK in 1974)

I Can Help – Billy Swan (1974, #1 for two weeks on the Hot 100, and Country #1 as well)

[45 Corner] How Much Is That Doggie In The Window – Baby Jane and the Rockabyes (1963, #69.  This weekend marks the 70-year anniversary of the release of the first 7-inch 45-rpm singles.)

O-o-h Child – The Five Stairsteps (1970, #8)

Back On My Feet Again – The Babys (1980, #33)

CLOSING THEME:  Sleepwalk – Santo & Johnny (1959, #1 for two weeks)

Trivia Answer

The “Wonder Boy Preacher” of the late 1940s and early 1950s was Solomon Burke, who was on this week’s chart in 1962 with “Cry To Me” (later used in the soundtrack to the movie Dirty Dancing).  In addition to preaching -- and his singing career -- he also went to mortuary school.

There was no prize this week – but we will have prizes starting next week, thanks to our generous sponsors at Island Health & Fitness!

Glossary of Terms:
dnc = did not chart
nr = not released as a single at the time
AC = Billboard’s chart for “Adult Contemporary” records
BB = Billboard Magazine, which publishes the Hot 100 chart (previously known as the Top 100), along with several other charts
Bubbling Under = songs that were ranked but fell below the top 100
C&W = Billboard’s chart for “Country & Western” records
R&B = Billboard’s chart for “Rhythm & Blues” records
RRHOF = Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
RS500 = Rolling Stone Magazine’s ranked list of the top 500 singles of all-time

Host Next Week (Apr 6):  Jan Hunsinger with a spotlight on female artists

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